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on november comps. gap, macy's, target, all disappointing. is it all due to sandy and what does it mean for the holidays. >> tiffany is not a statement on lucksy, but rather company specific. >> quite near meets with the president today. . >> and we have another upgrade for research in motion. this time at goldman-sachs saying the blackberry 10 will not only beat expectations but also put the company in the black by fiscal '14. >> target, macy's and kohl's reporting unexpected declines. number of retailers blaming sandy for the lackluster results, david and jim. they say the second half of the month wasn't so bad, but still a lot of white knuckles as somebody said about the holidays. >> i think that one of the untold stories may still be exactly how bad sandy was. sandy is going to turn out to be a $100 billion storm. but i think it's a shutdown. it was the shutdown of a major part of the infrastructure of the nation. i'm going to go with the retailers who blame sandy. i'm going to take them at face value. >> so macy's they say record setting volume when it comes to thanksgiving, but th
a look at cold and macy's. both have come under some pressure. noting hurricane sandy, macy's same-store sales fell, also mentioned sandy as well. kohl's down 10%. lori: thank you, nicole. an upward revision appeared tonight, but our next guest expects growth to decline for the fourth quarter. deutsche bank security nominee with his outlook for next year, and if we get to it, some expectations on continued stimulus which we heard this week as well. this was the second print out of three on third-quarter gross domestic product. looks like a nice upward provision. about 2%, but if you look under the hood there are some serious problems and i will let you start there. >> a little bit of fine print. consumer spending was revised lower, business investment in equipment and software. for the upward revision was due to a lot more inventory being accumulated last quarter, partly due to a faster pace of economic activity. not the strengthening in the number we would like to see. lori: does it suggest go to the softening consumer picture, people are not buying stuff simply put question marks
as we speak with house speaker boehner pushing for $42 billion in federal aid after super storm sandy but will the residents see it in the "wall street journal" reporter says if katrina is an example, don't count on it. of $142 billion in federal aid headed for that, only $40 billion made it directly to victims from fema. that is incredible. not right. >>guest: it is not right. when i saw that, cuomo is coming to washington, and you showed the capitol you should have dollar bills coming out of the window because when the governors come to washington they want money with their palms up. that is what governor cuomo wants. he wants the federal government to write a big check to the state. we found with katrina, of the $140 billion, according to independent government auditors, there was rampant corruption and fraud and no bid contracts that went to cronies and we estimate that somewhere between 20 percent to 25 percent to 30 percent of the money was wasted on fraudulent contracts. it didn't helps victims. a lot of people got rich but it wasn't the people who lost their homes. >>neil: you
for around $50 billion to aid states ravaged by superstorm sandy. a partisan battle could ensue over the request. it falls short of the combined $82 billion sought for rebuilding efforts in new york, new jersey, and connecticut. a new federal study has found that the practice known as fracking can cause earthquakes. oil and gas operations caused the majority if not all earthquakes in certain areas of new mexico and colorado between 2001 and 2011. the report's co-author called fracking is as high risk that we need to be considering. washington state put into effect two news laws today with major national significance. as of midnight, possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana is now legal in washington state, following the approval of a state ballot initiative last month. in enacting the measure, washington is the first state to decriminalize recreational marijuana use and the first to do so anywhere by popular vote. meanwhile, same-sex marriage is also now legal in washington as of midnight after also having been approved by voters on election day one month ago. those are some of the h
in some sections of the u.s., and hurricane sandy hampered northeast economic growth. information compilied in the fed's beige book will be considered at the fed's next meeting december 11 & 12. the dollar figure on damage caused by superstorm sandy continues to climb. new jersey governor chris christie is asking the federal government to cover nearly $37 billion in damages. fema has already handed out more $500 million in assistance. yesterday, new york governor andrew cuomo pegged sandy damage at $32 billion in his state. insurance giant allstate predicts it will lose 1 billion dollars in catastrophe costs in october, mostly due to sandy. bp is getting a slap on the wrist from the government. the enviornmental protection agency will temporarily suspend the company from opening new contracts. following the 2010 deepwater horizon spill, the epa says bp acted with a "lack of business integrity." it will not impact bp's current contracts. earlier this month, bp pled guilty to charges connected to the 2010 deepwater horizon spill and was slapped with a $4.5 billion fine. bp's suspen
some big sales but some of it was because of super storm sandy. our phil lebeau is behind t wheel in chicago. >> we knew this would be a better than expected november and look at these numbers. generally speaking with a few exceptions, all of the automakers reported better than expected results last month. gm being one of the exceptions, being just a little bit below expectations. what did we see last month? the sales pace is going to come in probably about 15.2 million, first time over 15 million since early '08. we talked about sandy helping sales. there was also the economy. ford talked about that during the conference call today. ford raised its q1 production by 11% to 750,000 vehicles. compare that to the story of general motors. this worries people from today's auto sales results. gm warning it may cut truck production due to inventory build-up. they're at 139-day supplies of pick-up trucks. some of that is because they built up earlier this year for transition into a new truck. they've been targeting 80 to 85 days truck production. 139 days concerns a number of people. one
as adp misses estimates. the blame goes to superstorm sandy. goldman says the party is officially over for gold. >> starbucks at an investors conference will add 1,500 stores in the u.s. over the next five years. wait until you hear what they said about china. >> a big day in media. pandora ceo joins us live later this morning as the stock fell nearly 20% on weak guidance and netflix signs a big exclusive with disney. how much are they having to pay up for that? >>> let's deal with this big deal. as i've been telling you we'll see a lot of big deals -- i was wrong. here we are. freeport mcmoran buying not one but two companies. the combined price if you add it all together gets close to $20 billion. that does include debt. let's go through some of the details. it's somewhat complex. let's start with bigger of the two deals. freeport's purchase of plains. approximately $6.9 billion in total now. it's a cash and stock deal. .6531 shares and 39 bucks a share in cash. that adds up to $50 a share. that's a fairly significant premium when we look at where pxp, that being the ticker symbol in
york and some other districts hit by hurricane sandy late october despite a moderate improvement overall. on consumer spending, most districts saw an increase at a moderate pace and they also gave mostly upbeat expectations for the holiday sales season. on housing, the report says the market continued to improve across most districts. selling prices were steady or rising. on employment, over half the districts reported improvements. but in manufacturing, 7 of the 12 districts reported that activity slowed or declined somewhat compared to the previous report. >>> on the tokyo foreign exchange, the dollar is gaining ground against the yen this morning. dollar/yen is fetching 82.04-08 at the moment. analysts say concerns over the u.s. economic outlook eased slightly after u.s. president barack obama and a top republican in congress hinted they were optimistic about a deal over the so-called fiscal cliff. the euro is edging higher against the yen and that's changing hands at 106.24-26. let's take a look at stocks now. tokyo share prices are edging higher as concerns about the u.s. ec
to, believe it or not, hurricane sandy. >> jeff flock has the story at the bureau in chicago. hi, jeff. >> indeed. two headlines. sandy one, and the other is fiscal cliff. starting to see the first impacts now in terms of considerations about fiscal cliff on the sales call today with ford keeping production up in the first quarter. they are bullish, increasing production by 11%, and gm holding off on sales forecasts because they are worried about the cliff. look at the numbers. as lori said, gm up 3%, ford up 6%, chrysler up, 30th consecutive month of increases for chrysler, toyota up 17%. gm did well with small cars, we're getting to the point in the country where cars are # getting so old, 11 years is the average age of a vehicle right now, and that is driving it as well. on the sandy front, as we look at the stock numbers, the folks at ford say we are 30,000 additional sales industry-wide because of sandy. toyota said they they 400,000 cars were damaged in sandy, a boost to gm and ford. look at the stock there. ford stock not harmed by news of another recall for them. that rec
.s. exports also helped. the impact super-storm sandy has had on the job market seems to be dissipating. 23,000 fewer americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits during thanksgiving week compared to a week earlier. the total was 393,000. it had jumped to over 400,000 in the weeks following t storm. still, we saw just modest gains on wall street today-- the dow rose 36 points, the nasdaq was up 20, and the s&p 500 added six. >> tom: the roster of companies announcing special one-time paydays for their shareholders continued growing today. taxes on stock dividends are currently set at 15%. but with no deal on the fiscal cliff, dividends will be taxed like regular income, meaning they could go up to over 40% for some high-income households. we spoke with larry mendelson, the chairman and c.e.o. at avionics gear maker heico, which announced its own special dividend this week. larry, thank you for joining us, we appreciate it. what role did the fiscal cliff play in heico decision to paid fiscal dividend. >> i think the fiscal cliff was very important. and moreover the threat to increase
: american automakers got a bump up in sales in november, thanks to super storm sandy. consumers postponed purchases when the hurricane hit in october, and resumed buying last month. but as diane eastabrook reports, the looming fiscal cliff could cause that sales momentum to lose traction. >> reporter: november turned out to be a good month for the big three and a great month for eir foreign competitors. g.m. and ford both saw a modest uptick in vehicle sales last month-- while chrysler got a double digit boost. but competitors from europe and japan blew the domestics doors off. sales at v.w. were up just under 30%. while honda led the japanese pack with a sales increase of just under 40%. the car companies think super storm sandy pushed some sales the last weekend of october into november. morningstar auto analyst richard hilgert agrees sandy helped, but the storm wasn't the primary reason november was such a strong month. >> we've got a lot of pent up demand still out there-- pent up demand coming from, especially from the average age of the vehicles being over eleven years at this point
. some of the retailers are nothing hurricane sandy, shut down so many retailers as well. macy's down 4%, and the ceo looking at some of the other names like the gap in particul particular. overall not really good. back to you. liz: holiday shopping season in full swing. savvy shoppers may be looking to outlet malls which are always offering deals. ceo, the only pure play out with mall operator in a fox business. thank you for joining us from d.c. liz: how was black friday for you? >> better than the year before, record black friday for us but you should also realize some about 60% started offering great values on the best brand and designer names as early as veteran fails. another 20% offered breaking price the week before black friday. we had a great black friday week. liz: everybody is pushing it further and further back into the summer because they want to get into that. looking at all that is happening, cyber monday is changing. giving an indication of a key three weeks before christmas. >> the key three weeks before christmas will be much better than last year and better than a lo
. >> you have a combination of 11 year old age of autos, destruction of -- by the way, sandy was an auto destroyer. loss of life. horrible. terrible. it also took out many more cars than people realize. you have to pump overtime to be meet the demand. >> we're still adding up sandy and figuring that out. we're far from figuring that out. hundreds of thousands of automobiles. where are we? 15 plus at the end? >> it's possible. 15. it puts people to work in the country. they don't just add in mexico. mexico is booming. fabulous moment for mexico. they will add in this country too. >> there's talk that their share of the market in the northeast, the big three, is not as high as it is in the rest of the country. we live in part of the country where incomes are higher. you may see better numbers out of bmws and mercedes. >> i don't know the percentage that's brought into the new jersey, new york area, the ones that you always see when you go over a bridge and you look down and this is new york -- i don't mean to be too centric. the foreign cars have to replenish quickly. american cars have to
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and blames superstorm sandy and five below, the name says it all. everything in the store $5 or less. and posted a profit this time around and is that 8? yeah. ultra salon cosmetics, strong profits, rich women buying makeup. up it goes. whole foods, one of my favorite stocks, whole food stores, upscale grocery store paying them a special dividend this year. this calendar year of course, and what may be a big tax increase on dividends next year. what will their liberal customers think of that? the stock is up. and pharmaceuticals, same thing, one time dividend, two bucks a share and this is only a-- this is a $6 stock. and he's paying $2 a share and so it's up $10% and sea gait makes computer hard drives and mixing the regular dividend by 6 cents a share and another dividend play before the end of the year, stock is up. dow industrials, flat as we suggested. we're up 8 points. we've been calling it a tax revolt and whole foods the latest to join in and billions in corporate profits paid to investors before the new year to avoid what may be higher taxes next year. more on that coming u
to represent communities that were the most impacted by destruction left in the wake of superstrong sandy. many communities in the eastern half of our nation were devastated by sandy. countless homes destroyed more than 120 people lost their lives and as representatives of the people affect it, i know our witnesses today will give us clear and graphic testimony that we truly understand what extreme weather can do. certainly we know senators landrieu and vitter brought it home to us in katrina, that these events are happening more and more often and we have to focus on what it means to her people. many of our fellow citizens have a long road ahead to rebuild their lives and their communities. we have a duty to be by their site during this difficult time in the months to come. this year we'll create a record which has jurisdiction over flood control and other related issues. we'll explore how we can prevent or mitigate the incredible destruction and future extreme weather events as we take a the way we go. there's a photo we have from nasa and it illustrates why superstrong sandy is ranked as one
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coming in the united states, sandy, in the philippines, central america, and so on. the catastrophe of climate change is already on us. we are now waiting for the next century. we are the children we are talking about, who are suffering from climate change. unfortunately, the talks that we see in doha are not reflecting the urgency that is required by what is happening out in the world. >> why? >> years ago there were countries who did not believe in the science of climate change. today, all countries believe in the science, but the fight is over who is responsible and who has to carry the burden of stopping emissions and halting climate change work happens. here we have in doha developed countries not living up to their promises, legal commitments. >> what are these commitments? >> there are a few times. one, they would take the lead in cutting emissions. because their emissions have been very high in the past and they have grown rich because they were able to emit and live off cheap oil and coal. secondly, they had committed to helping developing countries to take action, through
as we remind you, thises the number you want to see fall. hurricane sandy's impact continues to slowly but surely subside. we had weekly jobless claims dropping by 25,000 last week to a seasonally-adjusted 370,000. the week's prior total was revised upward to 395,000 from 393,000. and treasury prices rising today, pushing yields back down to their lowest level in more than two weeks. look at this pathetic yield on the ten-year note. it fell two basis points to 1.57%. you're not getting a lot of return there. david: which is why some people are putting their money in stocks. we have all this covered. we have til mulholland in the pits of the cme. we have a street fight. jeff believes there will be a fiscal cliff resolution. david wright, on the other hand, thinks d.c. will avoid the cliff, but it will not stop the bears from coming around this time. let's start with tim at the cme. and, tim, we were talking about what a low yield you get now on treasuries. people are looking for some kind of yield, and the only place you're finding it is in the stock market. >> yeah, that's true. you al
. >> steve: gretch. >> gretchen: one month after sandy plunged part of the city in darkness. there is a sandy rainbow. that is a three day laser show. 7 beams are pointed in the hardest hit areas including staten island and the rock away and queens . what a great idea. >> steve: very nice. we have headlines. >> brian: how do you know. >> steve: it is in the teler. a man in ohio getting the mooks mum punishment for bullying a young girl with cerebral palsy. he was recorded on cell phone video making fun of how the 10 year old walks. >> any time she sees him out of the window. and he's still does the intimidation not to the full extent but he does it. >> steve: that's not good. >> he apologized to the family. >> brian: mark your calendar. casey anthony made for tv movie. it is imperfect justice . it will be told mostly through the eyes of the lawyers in the case. actress virgia welch is cast to play anthony. we are told that she makes only a few brief appearances in the film. >> gretchen: i wonder if they will do that google search for pool proof strangulation . 85 percent of all couches conain
the auto market is for 11 years now and we have been sweet on ford domestically. before sandy. where are we internationally? europe. what are some of the other key area, though? i think latin america, though. i think it's coming back. asia already turned. here's the new piece of data. i think europe could be stablized. ford is the one to watch. you get that thing at 11 or blow. i'm out blessing it. haven't done that in a while. in europe i'm thinking that i'm sanguine. excited about ford. we have ample evidence today that i'm right. affordability is skyrocketing. the rates remained too low. homes down sharply. and pricing is moving up in california, nevada, arizona all things we learned from the luxury home builder toll today. oh, that's fine. they leave out the most important fact that i hadn't heard from anybody, let alone toll brothers before. demographic play, how the company's chairman talked how demographics are going to take over. household formation is unnatural but because of the great recession. now at least it's picking up. there should are several new home buyers out there becau
superstorm sandy. find out at 8:30 a.m. eastern. and cut! very good. o geico's customer satisfaction is quite real though. this computer-animated coffee tastes dreadful. geico. 15 minutes could save you 15 % or more on car insurance. someone get me a latte will ya, please? >>> welcome back to "squawk box" everyone. the futures right now are at this point right around the flat line. we had seen the dow futures up by 15 points or so, it's come back down but probably a lot of people waiting to see what happens in washington because it's been driving trading for several weeks. >>> honda is expecting within two years it will export more vehicles than it imports from japan. the company says the factories will take on a larger role in global product development at that point. >>> all right, i've been wanting to ask larry some specific questions and i'm going to do it now because actually some of the stuff you talk about doug oberhelm, you teach economics, you're an economic sage so the mantra and we heard it again that if we could get rid of the, which is hard, but is the obama's administration resi
.m., expected to drop 15,000 as we continue to work through hurricane sandy can disrupgss. gdp growth expected to be revised higher. and 10:00, october pending home sales. and for earnings, kroger, tiffany, barnes & noble. now, the british are taking chicago by storm. we'll take you to the windy city next for the unveiling of burberry's new flagship store. >>> global 45r kets higher. uk see as sharp drop in lending to the real economy. and the search for the lucky power ball winners is on. two tickets match the record $580 million drawing. iberia labor unions have confirmed they'll call a six day strike in december. it will start december 14th and last through december 21st. this comes amid the airline saying it will slash about a quarter of the spanish airlines workforce and cut capacity as part of a restructuring plan. air freight traffic slowed to 3.8% year on year growth and just under 2% month on month growth for the month of october. passenger air traffic was up 3.2% this october, but it did actually decline in october by 0.2%. so a cautionary sign there for global demand. moving on now,
them some money. still to come, we'll get behind the wheel of hurricane sandy may have boosted the bottom line of automakers last month as americans replaced cars and trucks lost to the storm. we'll go inside the figures with the chief economist from the national automobile dealers association. i always wait until the last minute. can i still ship a gift in time for christmas? yeah, sure you can. great. where's your gift? uh... whew. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. ship fedex express [ maby december 22nd break from the holiday stress. for christmas delivery. >>> auto make irmaker sales for rise as consumers in the northeast replaced vehicles damaged or lost to hurricane sandy. sales also likely boosted by pent up demand. joining us is paul taylor at the national automobile dealers association. paul, good morning to you. how much of this demand rise are we going to see will be sandy rebound from sandy and actually real demand? >> we have low interest rates and old cars on the road. so a lot of the demand is real demand. but the other thing is that all the check
,000 jobs last month. economists were expecting more than that. at some point through superstorm sandy and how that may have impacted the results in the northeast or the adp report is seen as an indicator for jobs report. we were given new unemployment rate that i can share with you. greg: citigroup says it is cutting 11,000 jobs. about 40% of the global workforce. this they are expected to save $1.1 billion per year, and is the first major action since the banking giant named a new ceo. the group is not saying exactly how many of these lost jobs will be here in the united states are you with that they plan to close 44 branches. we do pretty big news from citigroup. republican leaders calling on obama to sit down for a face-to-face negotiation on the fiscal cliff. this is just weeks ago before the deadline. right now, as you know, there is still no deal. those sites are still hundreds of billions of dollars apart. mike emanuel has more. reporter: hello, jenna. speaker john boehner says the republicans made a good-faith effort to avert a fiscal crisis. they say essentially this is now t
for first-time unemployment claims last week. that's a high number. forget about sandy, 370,000 is a high number. here we are raising taxes on everybody who worked by $120 billion. maybe we'll also raise taxes on richer people, wealthier people. raise the tax on dividends and interest and capital gains. that amount to a big tax increase in a weak economy. should we be doing that? >> what we are told is all across the board this is what has to happen. we need revenues brought into the federal government. a lot of people unhappy with that model. but that what's they are arguing. >> reporter: that's what they are arguing. but the president wants higher tax rates on the rich web's standing firm on that. the republicans are not going to say caved but they agreed to $800 billion in extra tax revenues over 10 years. so yes a tax increase is coming in one form or another. and you add that to the payroll tax increase and you have got a big tax increase coming count pike in a weak economy. martha: it will hurt across the board from the top to the bottom. everybody's financial picture will look diff
shopping season is going so far. we know that those november retail sales reflected sandy and some other one-time issues. what do you think really is happening behind the scenes in terms of what's happening for holiday shopping? >> well, i think it's the same story every year. the promotions start early, black friday's always a big weekend, this year was no different, and it depends on who you listen to nrf was very optimistic about the estimates, gallup was not so much, and then the sandy-related numbers. there are clear winners and losers here. it's the sandy blameathon, clearly, but some of the winners and losers walmart and limited. >> walmart and limited. who do you think is in trouble. we saw gap shares down by 7%. is that a reflection of the dividend they won't be paying or the special dividend. is there something more with what's going on with stores there? >> well, i think everybody's nervous now, certainly. again, after you saw the tough numbers in november, the question is, do retailers get nervous? do they press the pedal in terms of more and more promotions? gap yesterday wa
my number. say add it up to $4 trillion for me. >> that's a good point. >> tom, right after sandy, a couple weeks ago or three weeks eeg y ago you were talking about sandy being twice the size of katrina but the wind speeds weren't as much and it wasn't going to affect all state. did you see christie and cuomo? are those real numbers? is that what they'd like to see from the feds or is it worse than what you thought on november 1st? itz's worse than what we thought out. it will cost us 1 billion 75 doll lars. it is a significant event. it's significant flooding. that's not typically konked by us but by the government if you buy their policy. unfortunately very few people buy coverage. so unfort flatly there's a bunch of people whose homes got wrecked and that's what cuomo and christie are seeking. our government has a hit of going back to the state and saying, sorry you didn't buy insurance, here's some money and they'll do it again. they're trying to negotiate as to how much they get. >> allstate's ceo tom wilson. we appreciate your time. >> thank you. >>> when we return, we'll h
in new york state. % why? because of hurricane sandy and the presinks they had to use like paper ballots and they haven't been able to count them all. parts of new jersey most of those uncounted votes are up in the -- up in the northeast. so, as they are counting these votes t the president's total gets up and up and up. right now the count is the president has 65,000,069,89,000 romney 60,570. the president has a 5 million vent margin. that puts the president. still a million and a half to go at 50.9% of the vote. he will become in fact you have to say it's 51%. definitely 51%. that makes president obama only the second president in history to win two terms with more than 51% of the vote. the only other president who did that was dwight eisenhower in 52 and '56. >> that's an incredible statistic. >> that really is. >> so it was a historic win for obama, historicwin. president obama beat mitt romney by more votes than george bush beat john kerry and we know that was a blowout. people think of that as a blow out. this was a bigger blowout. >> it al
in the northeast weren't doing much car shopping. the second half had to be on fire. sandy may have been the singest biggest car destroyer since katrina. or maybe more, given the fact that so many imparted cars were damaged near the cox of the region's rivers. tuesday morning we hear from the brothers toll. here's the best home builder in the country go. ing to tell you the story of the boom. if you remember there was a time when bob toll of toll brothers and eagles fan came on "mad money" during what turned out to be the early part of the housing collapse. he said he saw the light at the end of the tunnel. but it was most like lit light of an on-coming train. those days are gladly behind us. i suspect the toll tells a story that it goes down the fiscal cliff monday. every day is fiscal cliff tuesday, wednesday, thursday. you get the picture. anyway, you should pull the trigger here to buy it here if the fiscal cliff does what i'm afraid of. brown foreman reports wednesday. this is an interesting one. why? because goldman downgraded it to sell. just last night. i've seen this movie. they
chief, speaking this morning. >> some important comments. hurricane sandy was directly in his district so he made some comments about it. he said that the damage was worse than first anticipated. that's something we've been talking a lot about. original number was $50 billion. it's in the $70 billion to $90 billion range. it is probably going to shave a quarter to half a point off gdp. you talked about the fiscal cliff which he says congress and the president must address. he says because we're at the zero balance, interest rates were zero, the effect of the fiscal cliff is getting much worse than if the fed were not at zero. >> because they could do something. >> the only positive thing which dudley did not talk about but it is something that's on the radar is that, as the fiscal cliff fears rise, interest rates fall on the 10-year. so the effect the fed would have from easing is already in -- already happening as a market reaction. >> steve, thank you. >>> when jeff kilburg is not fired up about the irish he is fired up about what mr. dudley said today. why? >> absolutely. he came ou
, sandy pass no mat what they are. if they're disas truss it was sandy. if the economy is great --. ashley: so difficult to trade in this environment right now. >> it is so difficult to trade. people have to be very aware. that is the key word you use, trade. do you want to be a trader or do you want to be an investor? so many people tell me, charles, i don't want to be trader. they buy at 30, goes to 28.04, oh, my god i need to sell it, i'm losing my shirt!. what the heck. i thought you didn't want to be a trader? one of the reasons i'm getting a little bit bullish about the market in general. i'm a individual stock guy. i don't like to do the macro thing. i like the way the market acts. we've seen a shaking out of the weak sisters. we had the market pull back sharply. we saw the pullback in apple. weak holders of stocks, weak sisters have for the most part been shaken out. it would take disasterous news --. ashley: talking about disaster, what if we went over the cliff? >> if we did go over the cliff and saw the market pull back sharply i would look to be a buyer on the pullback. here's
hurricane sandy because precisely of this but does that sustain? >> we think more important than the volume story their ability to achieve higher pricing levels. wall board is about $130 per thousand board feet. we could see that go to 145 next year. it is most inflationary single item in the building products universe. this is big driver of earnings. liz: tied to lumber or what? >> no. better pricings strategy. one price for the entire year as opposed to different prices to different customers. david: now you have a defensive pick. if you're less certain about the continued economic recovery you would pick fortune brands home and security. why? >> yes, sir. fortune brands is market share leader in plumbing. market share leader in the cabinet business. huge exposure to new residential construction. if they get higher volumes, that will drive profitability. have ex-streamly high quality management team. the best in class operator. we like their dominant dogs in the categories they operate. look for continued share gains and extremely robust earnings growth. they do 80 cents this year. 1.10 t
, and aftermath of hurricane sandy. fema's administrator craig fugate is expected to testify. andrew cuomo testified yesterday. they have requested $79 billion for rebuilding projects. >>> lawyers for george zimmerman have released this photo which they say was taken the night that he shot and killed trayvon martin. this picture isn't new but it's a higher quality colored version of one that's already been released. the image was recently turned over to the defense. zimmerman claims he shot martin in self-defense. >>> flu season is under way and it could be a bad one. suspected flu cases jumped last week and this year's strain is making people sicker than others. now, here's the good news. this year's vaccine is well-matched to the virus and should take care of 90% of the flu cases. >>> a rare positive side effect to hurricane sandy, the auto industry reports that cars have been flying off the lots. mandy drur ree is here with what is moving your car sales. >> car sales rose 15%. you were saying it. we had to see a lot of replacement of cars and trucks damaged in the hurricane. but at the
of things. sandy continues to make me feel these numbers are too difficult. i find them unfathomable. the speech is about way too much unemployment and very unfathomable in terms of the actual destruction. you got numbers from two different governors. they are unusually low. i don't trust any number during this period. >> especially the number we'll get a week from today which estimates for nonfarm are not that good. 75 maybe. sandy will continue to ring in our ears for the next few weeks. >> and then i believe you're going to get when you get supplies rebuilt and enough bricks and enough lumber. did you see that lumber hit a six-year high yesterday. >> wow. >> copper. a lot of people talking about short buy on copper. everyone saying it's about china. a lot of copper comes from scrap and the scrap in the northeast where there's a huge amount of copper, it's extraordinary. a lot of equipment is stalled. >> think of the copper wires here downtown eroded because of exposure to salt water that need to be replaced. >> when i hear the things that have been thrown away, the 500,000 cases o
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's needed in the wake of hurricane sandy. can't get this stuff to america fast enough. united states fast enough. thanks to the strength of the economy, the increasing volumes with declining costs. the gross margins are expanding, how much do we love that in a rail? however, only affects about 18% of kansas city southern's revenues. they do have some coal exposure, something that's crushed a great many railroads, we know that because we have backed away because of the coal. but they have something the other railroads don't have, consistently high growth, not that low single digit stuff and not susceptible to the cyclical nature of coal or the ongoing war between natural gas and coal in the fight to be fuel for american utilities. and that's why i'm naming it my new favorite railroad. even over and above union pacific, which is always been my favorite. don't get mad at me, union pacific. i used a great union pacific calendar, but it's december. that one's off the wall. anyway -- kansas city southern also saw some exposure to the bakken shale. they found so much oil, they need to ship it vi
. the reason superstorm sandy cause such damage in the northeast of the united states was not exclusively related to environmental policies and actions taken in the united states of america. .. and the course of civilization and the history of civilization and taking government from small tribes and villages to cities and states, to nationstates, is too broader and broader societal groupings, because our economy is extended across the borders and our travel is extended across the borders and the risks we face came from beyond those borders so it's only natural that over time, we will develop stronger global institutions because we face more shared problems with all of those people. i can add one last thing. remember the beginning of the united states of america. the economy of the southern northern states was very very different and evey today, the economy in montana im very different from the economy and lower manhattan. and we found a way to deal with that and to regulate it. the same is true in europe in the same is true in china and the same is true in india and brazil. india. same is
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